Power, Influence and Authority

CLE Consulting Australia offers a unique specialisation in the dynamics of power and rank in the workplace.  We foster insight into the ways leaders and employees sometimes fail to use their personal power or misuse their authority under pressure.  CLE is committed to cultivating the conscious use of power by leaders and employees.


The effective use of power and rank shapes organisational culture.  CLE assists organisations to understand the impact of power and rank dynamics on organisational communication, knowledge transfer, performance, conflict and the bottom line.  We are often invited to facilitate forums in which power and rank differences may significantly impact outcomes.


We assist organisations committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace to understand how unconscious rank and taken-for-granted privileges act as barriers to greater participation in the workplace.


Bullying, discrimination and harassment reflect limited insight into rank dynamics and poor use of power.  CLE has developed the 4I’s model which emphasises insight, identity, intent and impact as a way of exploring these issues.  Our complaint handling programs offer HR practitioners and managers a deeper understanding of how to address the dynamics behind issues.


CLE provides a range of education programs and interventions to address bullying, discrimination and harassment in the workplace including conflict coaching, management coaching and team interventions.

Wise Leadership: The Skillful Use of Power and Rank

This workshop is for leaders, coaches, consultants and mediators interested in exploring and enhancing their use of personal and positional authority, power and rank.


Leadership brings with it power, rank and authority.  When leaders fail to embrace their authority important decisions are neglected, leadership vacuums exist and team and interpersonal problems develop.  Conversely leaders who rely mainly on positional power fail to engage their staff.


This workshop investigates those factors influencing a person’s ability to occupy their role and use power effectively. It will assist you to understand more about your own relationship to power and the factors which challenge the expression of legitimate authority in the workplace.


Workshop participants will gain an appreciation of the individual and systemic forces acting on anyone who enters a leadership role. We will explore how these forces, both current and historical, shape how individuals engage with the role and impact this has on others.


The workshop examines the traps of leaning on positional power to compensate for genuine influence and deeply-held personal power and introduces research into when leaders are most at risk of bullying others.


Be introduced to ideas and develop strategies for supporting your employees and clients to engage in more confident and empowered ways.


Learn how to use your power and influence for good.